Every part of our lives are profoundly woven with a multitude of people, places, and information. We live in a world of instantaneous responses, gain knowledge on almost any subject at any time. Students can learn to draw, paint, weld, build and troubleshoot by watching master technicians in the comfort of their own homes. Some programs and faculty are resisting this change, while others are finding new ways to connect with our students on a human level as we navigate through issues in the educational, social, and political realm. How do art programs remain student-centered and adapt to meet the abundance of new information to stay current? This group will examine this quest for relevance as an opportunity to embrace new strategies that provide possibilities for artistic research and inquiry. Is it possible that this paradigm shift has (re)defined the arts and created a moment for art programs to develop new directions and methodologies?
Continuing our conversation from TT10, this group considers the role activism plays on college and university campuses today. Considering the current political climate, it would seem that activism—from all directions and on multiple issues—will only increase. What roles should/shouldn’t—faculty play in these arenas? How do such rules shift from public to private institutions? Is there a space for neutrality? Is silence or complicity an obligation to preserve academic freedom? Throughout history art and design has played a role in both urging change and in shoring up the status quo - how should our teaching address the political power of creative voices? Participants are encouraged to bring specific assignments and readings to share with the group; one goal of this group is to exchange of ideas and project examples/exercises that help give faculty a framework for tackling a tough subject.
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